[r59] Rep. Milo Smith makes our roads safer (2/16/2011)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Start Date: 2/16/2011 All Day
End Date: 2/16/2011
STATEHOUSE - Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) authored House Bill 1334, which will improve the safety of roads across the state.  The bill changes the name of motorized bicycle to moped, requires certain actions to be taken with the Bureau of Motorized Vehicles (BMV) and creates certain protocols to be followed for operators of mopeds. 

"This bill is about public safety and accountability," said Rep. Smith.  "The bill simply holds moped drivers to the same responsibilities that all operators of motor vehicles are held accountable to."

House Bill 1334 was heard on a third reading at Tuesday's session and passed out of the House.  The bill will now move to the Senate for discussion. 

The main provisions introduced in this bill are:

. Changes the name of motorized bicycle to moped.

. Requires that a moped operated on a highway must be titled and registered with the bureau of motor vehicles, with a registration fee equal to that of a motorcycle.

. Requires that certain funds received from the registration of a moped be deposited in the motorcycle operator safety education fund.

. Requires the operator of a moped on a highway to have an identification card or driver's license in the operator's immediate possession when operating the moped.
. Requires a dealer who sells at least 12 mopeds a year to register as a dealer with the secretary of state.

. Requires certain individuals to file accident reports after an accident involving a moped.

"This bill will resolve many issues that have arisen due to mopeds and will expand safety for all Hoosier motorists," said Rep. Smith.